Not taking things badly at all. I figured I'd get a few knocks. I should have clarified a few things.
One trip I made with 6 or 8 friends, was for a 2 day hike that almost went to 3 - got lost. It was around Thanksgiving, on the AT. Had extra change of clothes, 2 spare sets of socks, rental sleeping bag (that was at least 3 pounds), sweater, heavy weight plastic tarp, about 20 feet of cotton laundry line, toilet paper, a few clean rags, a pair of work gloves (to handle frying pan and for other dirty stuff), extra pair boot laces, munchies, pocket knife, iron frying pan (it was the only pan I had and I was the designated cook), all the breakfast food. Wearing: long underwear, flannel shirt, sweat shirt, jeans, construction boots, light jacket, watch cap. Wound up doubling my socks. Gave laces to friend. Fell in stream and got soaked - glad I had the extra clothes. Nothing was ultralight gear. I'd say the pack was close to 50 pounds, or at least it felt that way. Virtually no forethought was put into packing.
The list shows I put too much thought into it.
1. I'm not getting all the items. Some are just up for consideration (the TBDs).
2. Not taking all of them at the same time. A few things were just tossed in as: "is this a good idea?", or, for opinions, or carried as need arises.
I figured the shovel would get a resounding rejection - and I agree.
Knives, I have always carried at least one, typically 2 on trips. Smoetimes a small knife can get into places and do a better job a large one can't. (Learned this in the kichen).
Whistle vs air horn. Figured the horn would be a back up in case a bear is not at all impressed by the whistle, and the spray as a next to last resort.
Bandana - I'd probably use just 2. I have never been able to dry much with a bandana, seems to repel water more than it holds it.
I definitely would not get a large MagLite - I already carry a 4-D Cell model around on construction sites and it's way too heavy for packing. Think even a 2-D or 2-C might be too heavy as well. Maybe a AA version. Haven't looked at LED models yet.
Blanket would only be taken if and when I go winter packing and/or expect clothing would not suffice. Otheriwse sleep in bag with clothes...done that before.
Can opener - well I could start off with a can and use it as cooking pot for rest of trip....
Razors just because I cannot stand fuzzy collars rubbing against a few days stubble build up on my neck- like velcro sometimes.
All I'd probably strap to outside is shell/jacket, maybe a walking stick or water bottle. I know anything large swinging about tends to have an exaggerated pull the further out it is from the body - not comfortable.
Fingerless gloves, thought they might protect my palms and backs of hands if doing light climbing over rocks and maybe keep the bugs away from the back of my hands too. Heavier work, the gloves come off as they'd get in the way. Might make holding the trek pole difficult though. Camera certainly. Hmmm.
Strobe vs flares. Flares have the benefit of getting additional altitude, especially over trees, but the strobe won't burn the forest down.
How about xylume/glow sticks? Anyone use these?
Locations: I just got back from a 12 day coach trip thru the Scottish Highlands and would love to go back packing it. Also thought about going back to Nova Scotia, PEI and Newfoundland.
When: Late spring thru early fall.
Whom: Maybe with 1 or 2 others, most likely just myself.